GOSCON 2011 is one for the record books; following two great morning sessions, an earthquake south of the D.C. area called for an early event closing.

We'll have presentations and other materials to share in the coming weeks.  In the mean time, you can visit opensource.com to read an outstanding set of notes and observations from our colleage, Gunnar Hellekson, who attended our "Cost Knock Down" panel.

An excerpt:

We've added our final speaker to the GOSCON Cost Take Out Panel: David A. Wheeler. Dr. Wheeler is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and is an expert on developing secure software and the use of open source software in the security space. He is the author of several well known works in this space, including Secure Programming for Linux and Unix HOWTO, Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)?, Look at the Numbers!, and How to Evaluate OSS/FS Programs.

The GOSCON DC program has been changed, replacing the Open Source Cloud Session with a panel to capture some of the leading thinkers and doers in federal government IT.  The  session "Building Outside the Box" will feature IT leaders from NASA, DHS Cyber Security and the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Executives panelists include:

We're delighted to share the news that we'll partner with the Meritalk Network for Goverment IT and co-locate with their fantastic Innovation Nation Forum for a special one day program.

What: Innovation Nation & GOSCON 2011

Selected videos from the 2010 GOSCON event are now available on our YouTube channel.  You can also download podcasts of selected sessions and interviews by our 2011 media partner Open Affairs TV.

Hold the date for GOSCON's Seventh Annual Event as we partner with Innovation Nation 2011 for a special open source track at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. 

Details to follow, mark your calendars now!  Come back soon as our web site transforms to our next event.

You can now download the slide sets from many GOSCON 2010 presentations, including all Keynotes and the Executive Open Data Roundtable. More slide sets will be added to our Presentations page when they become available. Follow @goscon on Twitter to be notified when new slide sets are added and videos from the conference become available.

We've just sent out our GOSCON 2010 Attendee Survey! For those of you who were able to join us in Portland this year, please provide your feedback. It's incredibly valuable to us as we plan future GOSCONs. Remember, the first ten responders will receive a copy of either Open Government or Slideology

For those of you who were not able to join us, you can check out these stories for a quick view of the GOSCON 2010:

For the sixth instance of our Government Open Source Conference, we experimented with several new ways to bring information about the intersection of Open Source and government to the public. We proudly kicked off the conversations by hosting OpenGovWest's Open Data Summit directly preceding the conference.

Portland, Ore – The sixth-annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) concludes this week in Portland, having brought together key players at the intersection of public service and information technology. The City of Portland, in recognition of the value open source software plays in the local economy and the importance of GOSCON in promoting the value of openness in government has declared the week of the conference “Open Source in Government Week.”